The word of God is powerful and effective. It is sufficient to accomplish the will of God. It is effective for the purpose for which it has been sent to us. Do you believe that? 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says that the Word of God is not only breathed out by him and is profitable for us. It has an effect on our lives that results in giving us the capacity and ability to serve God. Without it we are incapable and unequipped. Is God’s Word challenging you to make changes or improvements in your life? Is it encouraging you to remain faithful to God? Are you dealing with sinful attitudes or actions appropriately? Are you growing in intimacy with God? Our heavenly Father has intent in his relationship with us as individuals. He has a purpose for sending his Word.
His Word is necessary for us to be effective servants. It is the way in which he has made himself known to us. He has made his will known to us through the testimonies of his involvement in human history. Being a father is a hard and rewarding experience. I am learning even as I raise eight children that I must have the same kind of intentionality my heavenly father has with me if I am to be faithful in pointing little hearts to him. In my case however, it is not sufficient that they know me.They must know my heavenly father through me. This principle is evident in Deuteronomy 6 and other passages on discipleship throughout the Scriptures. In 2 Timothy 2, Paul commands Timothy to set what he has heard from him before many other witnesses, before others. This command only comes after the encouragement to be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Whether you are a father or simply a believer that wants to be faithful to God, the only means by which we can serve faithfully is by allowing God’s Word to fulfill its purpose in our lives. Only then can we serve effectively through the Word and succeed in the purpose God intends